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Betty J. Eadie is the mother of eight children and celebrated forty-eight years of marriage to her husband, Joe, before his passing in 2011. The seventh of ten children, she was born in Valentine, Nebraska, and was raised on the Rosebud Indian Reservation and in Rapid City, South Dakota. Her mother was Lakota Sioux and her father Scots-Irish. Embraced by the Light was her first book. She is also the author of The Awakening Heart, The Ripple Effect, and Embraced by the Light: Prayers and Devotions.
Eadie died at age 31 after surgery. During the time she was clinically dead, she alleges to have traveled through the spirit realm learning about the laws of nature and the history of the universe. The angels and other spiritual beings explained to her the reasons why different individuals chose to be on the earth and to accomplish certain acts. Her vision includes insights into the question, ``Why are we here?'' Our souls chose to come to the earth at certain times to be united with families that we had been soul mates with earlier in the spiritual realm, she explains. Perhaps her most intriguing insight regards the fall of humankind. ``Eve did not sin because she was tempted but because she so desperately wanted to become the mother of mankind,'' she states. Much of her story is similar to other near-death experiences. However, she obviously includes many of her personal views about religious philosophy. Her use of mythical elements detracts from the credibility of her story. A better source on this topic is the works of Raymond A. Moody (e.g., Near Death Experiences , Sounds True Recordings, 1991) . -- Ravonne A. Green, Emmanuel Coll. Lib., Franklin Springs, Ga.
"The most detailed and spellbinding near-death experience I have ever heard." -- Kimberly Clark-Sharp, president, Seattle International Association of Near-Death Studies From the Paperback edition.